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Wednesday, September 18, 2002

The NewsLog of Flemming Funch
 Wednesday, September 18, 20022002-09-18 17:20
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  • The Choose Positive Energy campaign, launched by Greenpeace and The Body Shop, challenges world governments to provide access to renewable energy for all, in particular the two billion people who live without any power, within ten years.

  • Tim O'Reilly has some good thoughts on Science and Consensus. It starts with a discussion of the idea (which I happen to agree with) that scientific "facts" are really just a form of consensus reality. That is, the facts are not really facts at all, but rather postulates that have become generally accepted through a process of social consensus-building. Some good references to general semantics.

  • Is my NewsLog HOT or NOT?

  • A couple of people who don't like me much, Tom Loeber and Richard Carlson, have been distributing a phoney interview with me as a sort of satire. No big deal, they seem to enjoy it, and even though they didn't exactly have my best interests in mind, it is fairly harmless. But it might be in order to link to some of the real interviews that were used for part of the content, for the sake of anybody who might be confused: Spiritech, UK, SagePlace. OK, they're really old, and here's an even older one: Internet Underground (1995). Oh, and a newer one: Catalysts for Change. Really, if anybody really wants to bother to do a good satire of me, there's plenty to make fun of. I sometimes take myself much too seriously, and sometimes say things in overly idealistic or abstract ways.

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    And later neatly stumbled over". -- Piet Hein




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    18 Sep 2002 @ 23:13 by bushman : Hmm
    Now that hot or not things got promise, lol.
    Intresting :}  



    18 Sep 2002 @ 23:58 by ming : Hot or Not
    I'm sort of cautiously testing whether my newslog will fly out In The Real World. Their system will randomly bring logs up for people and ask them to rate them. And I'm not sure mine will fare very well amongst random people.  


    19 Sep 2002 @ 00:53 by jazzolog : A Random Person Speaks
    I've sent your entry to my associates in crime.  


    17 Mar 2006 @ 01:28 by Tom Loeber @216.102.199.57 : Really?
    I don't recall ever having made such a post. What proof do you have that it was me?  


    17 Mar 2006 @ 15:07 by ming : Interview
    Hi Tom. Oh, wow, it was a long time ago already, so I'm not sure. As I remember it, you were at the time regularly distributing various satirical or critical messages about me over e-mail to a certain small group of people who were sympathetic to that, and this was one of them. That doesn't mean that you wrote it. It looked like you might have, based on its style and its wit. Or maybe jazzolog did. He can be mischievous too. No concrete proof of any kind that you were the author, and I didn't claim to know that either. I seem to remember getting a forward of it from your distribution list, but at this point I can't say I'm sure about that.  


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